Man charged in connection with hair touching cases in central Ohio Target stores

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police have identified a suspect in a bizarre series of incidents at local stores.

According to Columbus police, Jeffrey Wiford, 50, is facing a disorderly conduct charge in connection with a series of events in local stores where women said they were touched without their permission.

The women say the man is approaching them, mostly in Target stores, and rubbing his hands through their hair and on their faces. The women say it lasts several, uncomfortable minutes. 

The Hilliard Police Department released surveillance video from inside the Target store on Trueman Boulevard where a woman tells NBC4 a man approached her while appearing to be on a phone call with his mom, then asked for directions to a different store. The woman says after she explained, the man then claimed she had something in her hair. Before she had a chance to reach up herself she said the man reached into her hair and began rubbing his fingers around her head, ear, face and chin. 

Another woman says the man approached her in the Ulta Beauty at 161 and Sawmill and did the same thing. 

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